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On being Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch (SPC 1999)

A debut book by St Peter's alumna, Afua Hirsch (1999, PPE), is being hailed by critics as a powerful hybrid of memoir, reportage and commentary that considers so-called racial blindness, the draw of Africa, and life as a black woman in Britain.

Entitled Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, the book is about a search for identity, in which the author explores the everyday racism that she believes permeates British society, and argues that Britain is a nation in denial about both its past and its present.

Afua Hirsch is a journalist, barrister and human rights development worker who currently holds the position of Social Affairs & Education Editor at Sky News, having previously worked as a correspondent for The Guardian. She is the daughter of an English father and Ashanti mother, and was born in Norway and brought up in London.

To read the latest reviews of the book, which will be published on 1 February, click here and here.

On being Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch (SPC 1999)